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Alibar’s Bon Bons: Soft Horse Cookie Recipe

November 18, 2008

Homemade horse cookies for Alibar's 27th birthday

Alibar’s Bon Bons

My mom’s recipe, created especially for our dearly departed Alibar. These treats are chewy, which was perfect for his bad teeth and they were his favorite treat of all.

One bottle (12 oz.) molasses
One jar (23 oz.) applesauce
One cup rice bran or corn oil (can add more)
Six cups old fashioned oats
Three cups whole wheat flour

Mix all ingredients together. More flour or oats can be added if dough is too wet or sticky to handle. Roll into meatball sized balls. Dough will be sticky – spray hands with Pam or water to keep dough from sticking to hands. Place on ungreased cookie sheet one inch apart. Bake in 300 degree oven for 1/2 hour – up to one hour until firm. Don’t let them brown. Remove from sheet while warm with spatula. Cool before storing. Store in a cool place or refrigerate- these treats spoil quickly in warm weather. This recipe can be doubled. You can also add extra oil or molasses – then increase the oats and flour to make a firmer consistency. You can use sweet feed in place of oats. Grated carrots or bran can be added, too.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2008 8:03 pm

    I love that “gimme MORE” lip!

    Those sound good. Do they flatten out as they bake, or do they stay spherical?

  2. November 18, 2008 8:32 pm

    One of my favorite horse faces!

    They stay pretty round- they look like little meatballs.

  3. November 20, 2008 11:26 pm

    These sound yummy, yummy, yummy! I need to make some and go find some horses to give them to.

  4. Kerri Jordan permalink
    November 21, 2008 3:21 pm

    Excellent timing. We’ll be making these this weekend!!! It did me good to see that face this morning….Mallie and Gem thank him for sharing the recipe.

  5. dangerouspenguin permalink
    November 22, 2008 1:29 am

    That lip is good advertisting.

  6. dangerouspenguin permalink
    November 22, 2008 1:30 am

    Er. Advertising.

  7. Kelli permalink
    July 13, 2010 3:11 pm

    Our horse and all of his buddies loved them! I didn’t have apple sauce so I chopped up approx 5 apples finely and added them along with shredded carrots.

  8. Jennifer permalink
    August 28, 2010 9:51 pm

    Are they soft enough to be eaten with a bit?

  9. Amanda permalink
    November 16, 2010 10:45 am

    are they soft enough to put a pill in?

    • November 16, 2010 10:47 am

      Yes, if they are baked on the short side of the time given, they are soft and you could put a pill in them. They are round like a meatball, which is a good shape for hiding medications :^)

  10. October 10, 2011 10:28 pm

    my guy is just recovering from colic surgery and has had a nasogastric tube in for the past week. his esophagus is so tender,that anything crunchy would be torture. thanks for the recipe for a soft treat, which will be sparingly added to his hay regimen for a little variety.

  11. February 22, 2012 2:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing, my girls are going to love these cookies!!!!

  12. Mary permalink
    January 5, 2013 5:35 pm

    These are awesome! I have a 36 year old equine friend who has lost most if not all of his back teeth. He and his buddies LOVE these treats. He is so disappointed if I show up without at least one for him. Thanks so much for sharing.


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